To place an event in the “What’s Goin’ On” section, email: [email protected]; fax: 606-573-0042; or drop a written/typed copy of the announcement by our office at 1548 Hwy. 421 South (beside Hardee’s). Announcements will not be accepted by phone and should be submitted no later than four days before the event. If received in time, it will be published one or two days before the event. Announcements are also available to view at www.harlandaily.com. For more details, call 606-909-4145.
The Friendly Village Greenhouse now has poinsettias available for purchase. The selection of colors is red, white and marble for $8. Smaller Jingle Bells (red and white splashes) are also available for $6. Every plant comes with a decorative foil and convenient travel sleeve. Ten or more plants will receive a discount. Greenhouse hours are from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 606-574-0096.
Ann’s Food Pantry, a mission of the Harlan United Methodist Church, is in NEED OF DONATIONS for non-perishable food items. Monetary donations are also being accepted to provide foods such as meat, milk, bread, etc. For more information, contact the church at 606-573-1464; Kyle Burnett at 606-573-3866; or Wylene Miniard at 606-573-7731 (evenings).
Harlan Health & Rehabilitation Center will be having their annual RESIDENT ANGEL TREE. If you are interested in sponsoring an angel for Christmas, come by the nursing home or contact Deanie Rigney at 606-573-7250, ext. 223.
HLT Check Exchange, located at 2366 S. U.S. Hwy. 421 in Harlan, will sponsor the annual Share the Warmth COAT DRIVE to benefit Christ’s Hands. Donate new or used coats, scarves, gloves or toboggans (all sizes needed) through Jan. 15.
WEDNESDAY; DEC. 11, 12
A CHRISTMAS CAROL play, will begin at 7 p.m. on Dec. 9 and 11 and at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 12 on the Cumberland campus of Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College. Tickets are $5 for adults and students. For more information, call 606-589-3137.
Large FREE FOOD BOXES will be given away from 10-11:30 a.m. on Dec. 9 at Shepherd’s Pantry, located at 111 Union Street in Clutts. You must be present and bring your utility bill (any utility) showing your 911 address. Federal guidelines are posted on the door. Enter off Golf Course Boulevard. Areas served: Putney to Partridge and the Virginia line to Pine Mountain Settlement School.
A veteran’s benefits field representative will be at the Harlan National Guard Armory from 9-3 p.m. on Dec. 9. Veterans and their dependents will receive free assistance filing for federal and state benefits provided by the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs. To apply, veterans need to furnish copies of pertinent documentation to verify eligibility. For more information, call 877-856-0004.
The third annual BROOKLYHN’S BLANKETS Christmas Benefit Concert will begin at 7 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the Betty Howard Coal Miner Memorial Theater in Benham. Admission to the concert is a blanket (new blanket or throw) or monetary donation which will be used to purchase additional blankets. These blankets will benefit the children of Harlan County. Artists from far and near will gather for a magical night of music. Before the concert, the Benham Coal Mining Museum will be open from 5-7:30 p.m. for those attending the concert to take a peek at the Festival of Trees. Santa Claus will available from 5-6:30 p.m. where photos will be taken for purchase.
The regular scheduled meeting of the Cumberland Elementary School SBDM COUNCIL will begin at 4 p.m. on Dec. 10 in the school library.
The Harlan County High School SBDM Council will have a regular scheduled meeting at 3:15 p.m. on Dec. 10 in the HCHS Media Center. Everyone is invited to attend.
The Harlan County Ridge Runners ATV Club, Inc.’s next monthly will begin at 7 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the North Evarts RV Campground. All are welcome to attend. For more information, visit www.kyoutdoors.org/forums/.
Harlan County Christian School will present their annual CHRISTMAS LIGHT DISPLAY at the Shriners Fairgrounds in Putney for the 2015 Christmas season. The display will open to the public from 6-10 p.m. Nov. 27 through Dec. 23 every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The display will also be open Dec. 21 and 22. The display is free to the public; however, donations to the Harlan County Christian School is greatly appreciated. To sponsor a light display, contact Harlan County Christian School at 606-606-574-1900.
COOKIES AND COCOA with Santa will begin at 6 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the Lynch Depot. For more information, call 606-848-0253.
The Harlan County BOOKMOBILE SCHEDULE for the week of Dec. 7 includes:
Wednesday — Pine Mountain, Pine Mountain Settlement School (story time is from 11:30 a.m. to noon in Laurel House) and Big Laurel/
Thursday — Black Mountain Elementary School, Brittains Creek and Dizney.
Friday — Evarts Elementary School, Eastbrook Station, High Rise Apartments and the dialysis clinic.
Hilltop Ministry’s HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS event will begin at noon Dec. 12 at James A. Cawood Elementary School. For more information, call 606-573-5060.
Pine Mountain Settlement School’s annual presentation of the NATIVITY PLAY will be held at 3 and 7 p.m. in the school’s chapel on Dec. 13. Doors open at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. for special Christmas music. A reception will be held in the Laurel House following each performance. Everyone is invited to attend.
SUNDAY; DEC. 20
A series of non-denominational VESPER SERVICES will be held at 5 p.m. each Sunday during Advent as a spiritual preparation for Christmas. Services last approximately 35 minutes and include scripture, prayer and music. The Harlan Ecumenical Choir will perform at each service. The schedule is includes: Dec. 13, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 2536 U.S. 421, Harlan; Dec. 20, Christ Episcopal Church, Williams and Central Streets, Harlan. Everyone is welcome.
The Harlan Musettes will present their 71st annual CHRISTMAS CONCERT at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 14 at Harlan Baptist Church. A reception will be held following the concert. Everyone is invited to attend.
The Cumberland Valley Chapter of the Kentucky Public Retirees (KPR) will meet Dec. 15 at David’s Steak House, 125 West Cumberland Gap Parkway in Corbin. Mealtime will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the meeting to follow. Guest speakers will be Brian Towles, Retiree Health Care CMS communications coordinator with Kentucky Retirement Systems, and Connie Pettyjohn, director of Retiree Health Care with Kentucky Retirement Systems. Any retiree (and their spouse) receiving retirement benefits from KERS, CERS or SPRS are welcome to attend. Membership information will be available at the meeting or visit kentuckypublicretirees.org. For more information, call 606-877-0079.
A certified and trained state service officer will be at the London DAV building (on east 80 behind Valero Truck Stop) from 9 a.m. to noon or longer on Dec. 15 to ASSIST ALL VETERANS and their dependents with VA claims free of charge. For more information, call 606-862-0032 or 606-877-1308. If no answer, leave a brief message.
The Harlan County Arts Council is hosting a Christmas decorating contest, HARLAN LIGHTS, open to all Harlan Countians and will only feature exterior decorations. Lights also must be included in the decorations. Judging will take place on the evenings of Dec. 17 and 18. The winner will be announced live on WTUK-FM radio station’s “Crow in the Morning Show” on Dec. 21. The winner will receive a plaque and complimentary professional photography of their decorated house that will appear in an upcoming edition of the Harlan Daily Enterprise. If you wish for your house to be considered for the “Harlan Lights” Christmas decorating contest, contact Harlan County Arts Council President Jennifer McDaniels at 606-573-4223.
The Harlan County Cooperative Extension Service will be offer a MAPLE SYRUP PRODUCTION workshop beginning at 6 p.m. on Dec. 17 at the Harlan County Extension Depot at 110 River Street in Harlan. The speaker will be Ben McKenney from East Baldwin, Maine. Baldwin is a third generation maple syrup producer. Participants will learn how maple syrup is produced from the raw maple sap into the finished maple syrup that makes it to the table. For more information or to register for this free workshop, call 606-573-4464.
Heritage Propane, located at 945 North KY 413 in Baxter, is sponsoring a Christmas COLORING CONTEST for ages 4-12. Coloring pages may be picked up at the office and returned by Dec. 18. The winner will receive a 6-foot Christmas stocking filled with goodies.
Yocum Creek Baptist Church, located in the Middleton Addition of Evarts, will present the CANTATA, Hallelujah, What a Savior, at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 18 directed and performed by Tammy Chapman and members of the church. Refreshments will be served following the performance. For more information, call 606-837-3170.
MEET SANTA from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 19 at Don’s Super Saver. A 5×7 photo with Santa is $7. A fundraiser for the Harlan County Domestic Violence Council, all proceeds will directly benefit the Harlan County domestic violence victims.
Cumberland Pentecostal Church will present One Bethlehem Night CHRISTMAS CANTATA 2015 at 7 p.m. on Dec. 19 and 20. Everyone is invited to attend.
Harlan Nazarene Church, located on Airport Road in Baxter, will present a CHRISTMAS PLAY at 6 p.m. on Dec. 20. Everyone is invited to attend.
Yocum Creek Baptist Church, located in the Middleton Addition of Evarts, will host their 24th annual Christmas Eve CANDLELIGHT SERVICE beginning at 5 p.m. on Dec. 24. For more information, call 606-837-3170.
The Birth of Christ CHRISTMAS PLAY will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 24 at The Church of God of the Free People, located on Harlan Gas Road in Fairview. Everyone is welcome.
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The Harlan County band program is hosting an INSTRUMENT DRIVE. If you have instruments in your closet, garage or know someone who is looking to donate instruments, consider putting your instrument in the hands of a student who can use it today. You can drop your instrument off in the office at any Harlan County school or contact one of the band directors at 606-574-2020 ext. 3550 to make arrangement for pickup. If directors are in class, leave a voicemail with your name and phone number and you will be contacted as soon as possible.
The Harlan County Humane Society will have BINGO SESSIONS at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays at the old Totz Bingo Hall. Proceeds benefiting the humane society.
Benchmark Family Services, serving Bell, Harlan, Clay, Knox, Laurel and Whitley counties, invites you to become a FOSTER PARENT. Free orientation classes are held from 5-6 p.m. on any Tuesday. For more information, call 606-526-6992 or toll free at 866-526-6992.
AWANA meetings at Yocum Creek Missionary Baptist Church, located in Middleton Addition in Evarts, are held from 6:30-8 p.m. on Wednesdays — with classes for K-4 through high school. Participants can earn T-shirts and prizes. There will be games, Bible lessons, food, fun and more. For bus pick up, call 606-837-3170 or 606-837-8214.
The JOB CLUBS of Eastern Kentucky meets weekly with a small group of job seekers and workforce professionals to gain a competitive edge in today’s tough job market. Job clubs are free and help you create a game plan for your job search link with quality employers, improve your interviewing skills, learn self-marketing skills, evaluate, negotiate and land job offers, connect with other job seekers and ease your stress during your job search. The Harlan County Job Club will meet at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Depot in Harlan. New members are welcome. New member orientation begins at 12:30 p.m.
Free saliva-based drug testing kits are provided and sponsored through UNITE and Stand in the Gap Coalition (SIGCO). Give Me a Reason (GMAR) is designed for parents/guardians to use to talk with their children and randomly test them, which gives them a reason to say no when tempted or offered drugs. Kits can be obtained at 44 different distribution points (DP) throughout the Tri-State area and at the SIGCO office, located at 502 Pennlyn Avenue in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. For more information, contact the SIGCO office at 423-300-1302. To pick up a kit, stop by on Thursdays from noon to 5:30 p.m. Join prayer at the SIGCO office from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.
GED classes are being offered to anyone 19 years or older. Improve your reading, writing and mathematical skills and study to receive your GED. Follow your children by improving your education free of charge. For more information, contact the following locations: Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College Middlesboro campus at 606-248-3175, Middlesboro Learning Center at 606-248-4000, Pineville Learning Center at 606-337-3044, Henderson Settlement at 606-337-7729 ext. 305 or Lighthouse Mission at 606-337-1069.
VOLUNTEERS and friendly visitors are needed for the Kentucky Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program to enrich the lives of seniors in their long-term care facilities. If you currently visit with someone or would like to become more involved and educated on resident’s rights, elder abuse and long-term care for seniors, contact Arlene Gibson, district ombudsman with Cumberland Valley ADD, at 606-864-7391 ext. 119.
A military SUPPORT GROUP for all active, separated or any former military men or women meets at 6:30 p.m. every first and third Monday of the month at the Middlesboro National Guard Armory, located on 30th Street. If you are facing financial, relationship, criminal, adjustment, substance abuse or other problems, this is for you.
Narconon is reminding families that the use of addicting drugs is on the rise. Take steps to PROTECT YOUR FAMILY FROM DRUG USE. If you know anyone who is struggling get them the help they need. For a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all drugs, call 800-431-1754 or visit DrugAbuseSolution.com. Narconon also offers free screenings and referrals.